January 1, 2012 |
Return to David L. Ulin's review of this essay. PARADISE I shall attempt, in this piece, an appraisal of the civilization of Southern California, but it occurs to me that before I begin I had better give you some idea what the place looks like. If you are like myself before I came here, you have formed, from Sunkist ads, newsreels, movie magazines, railroad folders, and so on, a somewhat false picture of it, and you will have to get rid of this before you can understand what I am trying to say. Wash out, then, the "land of sunshine, fruit, and flowers": all these are here, but not with the lush, verdant fragrance that you have probably imagined.
July 15, 2007
The following reviews are scheduled: Jonathan Kirsch reviews "The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast From Times Square to the Golden Gate" by Michael Wallis and Michael S. Williamson. Bernadette Murphy reviews "The River Wife," a novel by Jonis Agee. Tim Rutten reviews "The Song Before It Is Sung," a novel by Justin Cartwright. Kai Maristed reviews "The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur" by Brian Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace. David L.
December 10, 2006 |
WHEN you work on something day in and day out, it can be easy to lose perspective. So much of your attention is focused on the immediate -- what's coming out this week, this moment -- that the long view disappears. Yet as we here at Book Review went back over the titles we covered in 2006, one thing became quite apparent: In the world of books and publishing, it was a very good year.